The examples in this book were written and designed for readers using Microsoft Access 2003 within the Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003. But the book reflects little bias toward any particular version: There is no "What's New in Access 2003?" chapter. In the few cases in which Access 2003 differs markedly from Access 2002, I have tried to provide special instructions for users of the earlier version. Nearly all chapters center on crucial issues that Access users have faced for years (well, at least since the introduction of Access 95 and 97).
I do recognize that several examples will not work exactly as advertised with Access versions earlier than 2002. But users with some knowledge of the program can scale this hurdle and still use the book profitably.